Diana N. Derige is the National Director of Health Initiatives at Urban Strategies where she leads the national health strategy development, program implementation and evaluation of the organization’s broad health equity agenda. She is also co-director of the Center for Latina Maternal and Family Health Research at the University of Houston. Prior to joining Urban Strategies, Diana was a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She supported local investment by serving as a convener, collaborator and catalyst, responsible for nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change in communities. Over the past fifteen years, Diana has designed and managed several private philanthropic, government, and non-profit programs. Throughout her career, she has concentrated on promoting public health and social equity for marginalized communities.
Diana N. Derige
Diana N. Derige, DrPH is the National Director of Health Initiatives at Urban Strategies
Blog Post List
February 19, 2018
There is a lot of lip service paid to the concept of family friendly policies. Other times the word family is avoided all together, in favor of terms like two-generation programming, so as to avoid the nuances of what family means. However, whether you say it or don't say it, according to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. ranks last in every measure of family-friendly policies from government-supported leave to flexible work scheduling. Yet, strong communities, and strong societies are built on strong families. And families in all their shapes and forms need to be supported...
September 19, 2017
It’s hard enough to watch. The daily barrage of shocking images of flood-ravaged homes, displaced families, chaotic shelters and stories of missing loved ones. It is heart wrenching as a viewer, which is absolutely no comparison to those who are living the experience of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. With natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the after effects don’t end when the storm passes and the cameras stop rolling. As Dr. Jose Cordero, a researcher at the University of Georgia points out “Exposure to environmental contaminants, psychological stress, and lack of access to...
August 6, 2013
It seems fitting to open National Breastfeeding Month with a focus on peer counseling and mother-to-mother support. Next to the mother-baby bond, one of the most critical relationships for sustaining breastfeeding can be a close connection between a woman who knows and has experience breastfeeding with a new mother learning to breastfeed. Of course breastfeeding moms need support and encouragement from everyone – physicians and health care professionals, employers, policymakers, community members, family and friends. And while there is a time and place for clinical lactation support, there is...
February 26, 2013
Good news arrived earlier this month in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on breastfeeding rates. The CDC found that from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of women overall who initiated breastfeeding increased from 70.3 percent to 74.6 percent. During the same time period, breastfeeding rates at six months and 12 months increased significantly – for whites, Hispanics and African Americans. Just in time for Black History Month, we learned that we are reducing disparity, the gap between African American and white breastfeeding initiation rates narrowed from 24...